acclaim

verb
ac·claim | \ə-ˈklām \
acclaimed; acclaiming; acclaims

Definition of acclaim 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : applaud, praise Critics acclaimed her performance.

2 : to declare by acclamation was acclaimed president of the society

intransitive verb

: to shout praise or applause

acclaim

noun

Definition of acclaim (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act of acclaiming

2 : praise, applause She deserves acclaim for all her charitable works.

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Other Words from acclaim

Verb

acclaimer noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for acclaim

Synonyms: Verb

accredit, applaud, cheer, crack up, hail, laud, praise, salute, tout

Synonyms: Noun

accolade, applause, credit, distinction, glory, homage, honor, kudos, laurels, sun

Antonyms: Verb

knock, pan, slam

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Examples of acclaim in a Sentence

Verb

The critics have acclaimed her performance. she has long been acclaimed by the critics for her realistic acting

Noun

Her performance in the ballet earned her critical acclaim. She deserves acclaim for all her charitable works.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

As the band became critically acclaimed by colleagues and critics through the 1990s and 2000s, even the Coup’s most dedicated fans didn’t know Riley had filmmaking aspirations. Peter Hartlaub, SFChronicle.com, "Rapper Boots Riley finds his place behind camera with ‘Sorry to Bother You’," 30 June 2018 Also taking place June 5 is a taping of an episode of CMT’s acclaimed Crossroads concert series featuring Luke Combs and Leon Bridges, sponsored by Miller Lite. Melinda Newman, Billboard, "CMT Expands Nashville Footprint With Summer of Music Festival," 4 June 2018 Mad king Henry VI had been popularly acclaimed a saint, with miracles reported at the site of his modest grave in Chertsey Abbey, Surrey. Leanda De Lisle, Newsweek, "Did Richard III Kill the Princes in the Tower?," 13 July 2014 Donald Glover’s acclaimed Atlanta looks to be the frontrunner, though Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, a nostalgic series about a female comedian in the 1950s, could ride its Golden Globes wins to victory. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Here Are the 2018 Emmy Nominations," 12 July 2018 Australia’s gun laws are widely acclaimed as a success, with supporters including former U.S. President Barack Obama saying Australia has not had a single mass shooting since they were implemented. Rod Mcguirk, BostonGlobe.com, "Family of 7 dead with gunshot wounds in rural Australia," 11 May 2018 The film was critically acclaimed and put Paz Vega in the Hollywood spotlight for her standout performance. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "The 13 Sexiest Movies on Netflix for When Porn Is Too Much Effort," 6 July 2018 He was acclaimed as a member of a distinctively New Orleans piano pantheon alongside Jelly Roll Morton, James Booker, Tuts Washington, Professor Longhair, Fats Domino, Allen Toussaint and Dr. John. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Henry Butler, Quintessential New Orleans Pianist, Is Dead at 69," 4 July 2018 Actually star, many other critically acclaimed but non-Christmas related movies) and Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, the Ghostbusters reboot, and no Christmas movies yet, but everyone has to start somewhere, right?). Anna Millard, refinery29.com, "Move Over A Christmas Prince, You’ve Got Holiday Rom-Com Competition," 1 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The show is one of the best, most relevant shows on the air, but that critical acclaim didn’t translate into high ratings. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "It’s official: Amazon has saved The Expanse," 26 May 2018 Felling was influenced by acclaim furniture artists Wendell Castle and Wharton Esherick when remaking the lines of the armrest, table and backrest. Janet Eastman, OregonLive.com, "See what artists did to those old Portland airport benches (photos)," 23 May 2018 Netflix spent lavishly to promote its shows, recognizing that such acclaim can be intoxicating for talent, who are leaving traditional TV studios to work with Netflix. Meg James, latimes.com, "Netflix nudges past HBO to top Emmy nominations list with 112," 12 July 2018 Granik's sophomore effort, Winter's Bone (2010), brought critical acclaim to TV actress Jennifer Lawrence for her flinty performance as an impoverished 17-year-old girl fending for herself and her younger siblings in the Ozarks. J.r. Jones, Chicago Reader, "Leave No Trace approaches homelessness on the most intimate terms," 11 July 2018 All three actors gained critical acclaim and various awards for playing transgender characters. Ale Russian, PEOPLE.com, "Trans Actors Shade Scarlett Johansson Amid Backlash Over Her Decision to Play a Trans Man," 11 July 2018 While Black women are the most educated demographic in America, this acclaim comes with a major its own set of consequences. Paula Rogo, Essence.com, "Study Finds That Black Women Graduate With The Most Student Loan Debt," 11 July 2018 The defender's newfound acclaim has sent the internet into a whirlwind of discussion regarding his future and Leicester will be keen not to lose any more key players following the departure of Riyad Mahrez on Tuesday. SI.com, "Leicester Set to Reward Star Defender With New Contract to Ward Off Interest From Other Clubs," 11 July 2018 Grammy Award-winning musician Patty Griffin, an Old Town, Maine, native, has achieved acclaim for her songwriting as well as her powerful voice. Juliet Pennington, BostonGlobe.com, "The VIP Lounge with Patty Griffin," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of acclaim

Verb

1626, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for acclaim

Verb

borrowed (with assimilation to claim entry 1) from Middle French & Latin; Middle French acclamer, borrowed from Latin acclāmāre "to shout (at or in reaction to), raise an outcry, shout approval," from ad- ad- + clāmāre "to shout" — more at claim entry 1

Noun

derivative of acclaim entry 1

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More Definitions for acclaim

acclaim

verb

English Language Learners Definition of acclaim

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to praise (someone or something) in a very strong and enthusiastic way

acclaim

noun

English Language Learners Definition of acclaim (Entry 2 of 2)

: strong approval or praise

acclaim

verb
ac·claim | \ə-ˈklām \
acclaimed; acclaiming

Kids Definition of acclaim

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: praise entry 1 sense 1 The book was acclaimed by the critics.

acclaim

noun

Kids Definition of acclaim (Entry 2 of 2)

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